Friday, January 28, 2011

EPA seeks input on regulating largest GHG sources

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
is holding five  "listening sessions" to gain public input
on updating its Clean Air Act pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries.

The federal agency says its goal is to
develop a common-sense approach to reduce GHGs from two
of the largest industrial pollution sources which are responsible for nearly 40 percent of the GHG pollution in the United States. 

In a news release today, the EPA said that, as part of a settlement agreement announced December 23, 2010, it will propose GHG standards based on existing technologies for power plants in July 2011 and for refineries in December 2011.  Final standards will be issued in May 2012 and November 2012, respectively.

In addition to these GHG New Source Performance Standards, the agency said it also would address other pollutants, including mercury and particle pollution, in separate, coordinated actions.

More information on the public sessions is available here.

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